Senior Human Resources Generalist

Arlington, Virginia
$54,641.60 - $109,262.40 Annually
Aug 07, 2019
Sep 04, 2019
Human Resources
Full Time
Position Information

Effective July 1, 2019, the salary range for this position will be $54,641.60-$109,262.40.

Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking two experienced and motivated Human Resources Generalists with proven track records of providing Human Resources services and guidance to department employees. These positions serve as trusted advisors to employees and managers in employee relations, performance management, classification and compensation, employee and organizational development, and talent acquisition while working as part of an HR team within DES.

DES is an integrated department of 800 + employees, who strive to make a real difference by providing outstanding service to the community. The department includes the Office of the Director and three operating divisions spanning activities/services focused on the County's physical and environmental infrastructure: transportation, streets, capital projects, facilities, water and wastewater, solid waste, and environmental policy. The range of occupations within DES includes trades, technical, engineering, planning, contracts/construction management, and customer service. To learn more about our services, please visit here.

Key responsibilities will include:
  • Advising the department's employee relations processes, including advising managers and employees on progressive discipline, and coordinating with the central Employee Relations unit in HR, as appropriate;
  • Collecting and analyzing data, and preparing reports;
  • Preparing a wide range of employee documents;
  • Guiding and training managers on County HR policies and practices;
  • Making recommendations on appropriate levels of compensation for new hires and promotions;
  • Facilitating performance management processes, including coaching, and developing key work expectations and indicators of success;
  • Assisting managers by proactively filling vacancies through recruiting, sourcing, and interviewing and serving as a liaison between candidates and hiring managers;
  • Collaborating with a team of HR professionals to develop solutions in a variety of HR-related areas such as training, change management and organizational development; and
  • Serving as a department liaison to the central Human Resources Department.

We are seeking detail-oriented, analytical problem solvers who are willing to handle a multitude of HR-related functions to address department challenges and to influence, advocate and lead change. The selected candidates will need strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills, in addition to having a customer focus and the ability to handle sensitive situations while maintaining confidentiality. Strong organizational planning, conflict management expertise, and a working knowledge of multiple areas of HR management are essential for success.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Public, or Business Administration or related field plus professional-level experience in human resources management and administration to include experience in recruitment, employee relations, or other core HR-related areas of work (e.g., classification, compensation, EEO, policy development, and/or training and organizational development).

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master's degree in a closely related field may substitute for up to one year of general human resources experience.

Desirable: The preferred candidate will have experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Handling a variety of HR management issues;
  • Developing solutions to complex employee relations issues;
  • Training managers on a performance management system and/or facilitating employee or organizational development and training efforts for a department or organization; and/or
  • Compiling metrics, conducting analysis, identifying trends, and preparing reports and presentations.

The preferred candidate will also have professional HR certification such as PHR, SPHR or SHRM CP/SCP.

Special Requirements

Please complete each section of the application.

Please attach a resume and a letter of interest to your application. You may provide responses for the letter of interest in the supplemental questionnaire. Be sure to highlight how your training, education and experience has prepared you for this position. Your letter of interest is part of the selection process so do not enter "see resume" as a response.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Flexible work schedules will be considered.

The official title of this position is HR/OD Specialist. This position is part of a pay-for-performance broadband pay program and may be filled within the established broad band depending on qualifications and experience. Entry salary within the band is based on a review of qualifications and experience.

Arlington County offers a competitive salary and a great benefits package including a Defined Benefit (pension) plan. For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits click here .

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Please attach a letter of interest, or include your responses for your letter of interest below. Highlight how your training, education and experience has prepared you for this position.

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